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May 14, 2015

Re-Discoveries

Autocenter

Rose Peter, The Pressures of the Text, 1983. © the artist.

Re-Discoveries, conceived and designed by five international guest curators, is a series of exhibitions and lectures held in Autocenter from 2014 until 2015 in which the works of artists of an older generation enter into dialogue with younger artists. The earlier positions focused on—David Hammons, Ivan Kožarić, Sture Johannesson, Peter Rose and Marianne Wex—are those of artists who are, in Germany, unknown, little known, or known only as uncharted territory in contemporary art history. They are artists whose works have fallen into neglect on account of the economic, social or political mechanisms of the art world or have gone undetected, slipping under the mainstream radar. The philosophy of Re-Discoveries is not restricted to the mere exhibiting of these positions in the manner of a well-deserved re-encounter. The objective is to create a chamber of resonance in which older works come up against contemporary creations, corresponding with them or producing tensions through which new ways of seeing or new contexts can emerge. Our concern is to reclaim works of art for present attention and to turn the spotlight onto the conditions under which they were produced and onto the discourses involved in their creation.

Part of the Re-Discoveries series at Autocenter is also the lecture program during Autocenter Summer Academy—ACSA 2015. For further information click here.

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation

Re-Discovery IV – Peter Rose, Erik Bünger and Katarina Zdjelar
Re-Discovery IV is an exhibition on the performativity of voice and language, the inauthenticity and uncanniness of speaking, voice as a political speech act, and language as performative utterance.

We are acting through language—but how does language act through us? The artists Peter Rose (b. 1948, lives and works in New York and Philadelphia), Erik Bünger (b. 1976, lives and works in Stockholm and Berlin) and Katarina Zdjelar (b. 1979, lives and works in Amsterdam) address the uncanny, irritating or comical moments produced by the human voice and language. In their works the emotional, social and political potential of the voice becomes directly experienceable: How is the voice connected to the body and identity of the individual? What happens when the spoken word detaches itself from the speaker, or the text from its meaning? What if the voice no longer belongs to the body from which it emanates? Who speaks when we are speaking?

The artists are probing the emotional and spiritual effect of the vocal power and word games, and are playing with shifts of meaning and identity. While doing so, they also experiment with the various media used to record, reproduce or silence the voice.

Curated by Inke Arns

With kind support from Hardware MedienKunstVerein / HMKV Dortmund

 

Re-Discoveries at Autocenter Berlin

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